The Book of Banff - Royal and Ancient Burgh
Published by Halsgrove in 2009, 160 pages. Large A4 size Hardback with Dust Jacket (N6023)
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From the front inside fly leaf: Banff is a good site for a castle, a bluff at the mouth of a river. So the royal and ancient burgh was founded because the kings of Scotland had a castle there. Edward I of England, the Hammer of the Scots, spent time in Banff Castle. The town's modest wealth came from salmon-netting at the mouth of the river. Banff traded with the Baltic. After the kings, the town was dominated by local noblemen, though perhaps none of them quite controlled Banff as they might have hoped. Instead in the eighteenth century lesser gentry built themselves town houses, the politics of the town was Jacobite, wanting the old Stuart kings back, and the economy relied quite heavily on smuggling.
Banff became an attractive Georgian town, where respectable ladies and half-pay officers would choose to retire. In the nineteenth century, though Macduff was much more prosperous and go-ahead, Banff also flourished. The railways came, the herring fishing prospered. In the twentieth century the Dukes left Duff House, the railways closed, and the county of Banffshire was merged with others. But it is still a delightful place to stay, and there are hopes of a Banff renaissance...